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Fuel Oil

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the level of competition in local heating fuel supply markets in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (321897)

There are around 200 different heating oil distributors and around 40 Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) suppliers in the UK, some with a national, regional or local presence, with competition between the companies involved. In order to provide a choice for consumers the relevant trade associations provide a search facility to find local suppliers:

http://fps.findmydistributor.co.uk/

and

http://www.uklpg.org/supplier-search/

The Government support the retention of a competitive market for heating oil, which is in the best interests of all customers. Both general consumer protection legislation, such as the Supply of Goods and Services Act and Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations, and competition law apply to this sector. Responsibility for the enforcement of competition law lies with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Competition Commission. Following an investigation by the Competition Commission regulatory changes to make it easier to switch supplier for domestic bulk LPG have recently come into force, and should improve competition in this market.